Abundant Living (2)

W. Terry Varner
May 25, 2014

Is life worth living? The Doctor says, “that depends on the LIVER.” The Economist says, “that depends on the LIVING.” The Christian says, “that depends on the LIFE” as whether life is worth living. Ultimately, no life is worth living that is not rightly related to God through Jesus Christ. In John 10:10, Jesus says that He brings “abundant life.” Being related to God through Jesus makes life worth living.

For many people life is not worth living. We have a strange phenomena among our youth— they are committing suicide at an alarming rate. It is not because something is wrong with their LIVER for nearly in everyone that delicate organ is working perfectly. It is not because our living conditions are so poor. On the contrary, our young people never had so good. Yet, the high suicide rate tells us that many of our youth would rather be extinct than extant. For these life is not worth living. The abundant life in Christ is to live life with power. We have many joys as a Christian some of which are unexpected, but the Christian has strength or power which is also often unexpected and which enables us to stand as true servants of God.

The Abundant Life Gives Us Power in Purpose. The early Christians determined to live their life with purpose. We are told “that with purpose of heart they would cleave to the Lord” (Acts 11:23). Purpose means determination. The early Christians found power in the abundant life in Christ as they purposed or determined in their heart to live for Jesus. Could this possible be a problem in the lives of many Christians today? We often do not purpose or determine to live the Christian life.

Daniel and his friends serve as an excellent example of the power in their life with God when they lived life with purpose. Judah had been taken captive by the Babylonians. The king commanded that some of the Israelites be brought to the palace and taught the wisdom of the Chaldeans (Dan. 1:3-4, 20) for a period of three years (Dan. 1:5) in order to serve the king. The king appointed a daily portion of food from his table to theirs. Daniel and the others purposed in their heart that they would not eat of the king’s food (Dan. 1:8) because it did not meet the strict laws of the Jews and a portion of the king’s food had been offered to his idols. Daniel requested he be given ten days to eat his food as a trial and they appeared stronger than the Babylonians (Dan. 1:12). Daniel and his friends purposed to devote themselves to God Jehovah.

The Abundant Life Gives Power in Crisis. We all have crises in our lives. However, not everyone handles these crises the same. Some handle their crisis and things become worse; others handle their crisis and things become better. Crisis means “decisiveness or point of decision.” Of Israel of old it said, “And I will give her ... the Valley of Achor for a door of hope” (Hos. 2:15). It was in this valley that Achan was stoned for his sins (Jud. 7). Since that time the phrase “Valley of Achor” has been associated with trouble and heartbreak. In the spiritual Valley of Achor we can live and handle our crises with power. The spiritual Valley of Achor is brightened and the Christian is strengthened by the “Sun of Righteousness” and He helps us (Matt. 11:28-30). We must live our Christian life with determination and purpose of heart. In crises, the Christian must remember that “My grace is sufficient for you: my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Live life abundantly in Christ!